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Meghalaya mine tragedy: Navy detects third body

Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 24: | Publish Date: 2/25/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Indian Navy divers have detected a third body, in an excessively decomposed state, inside a 370 feet deep flooded coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, where over a dozen miners remain trapped since December 13, an official said on Sunday. 

“They (Navy) detected another body on Saturday night at 9.30 p.m. with the help of an underwater remotely operated vehicle (UROV),” a senior rescue official who wished not to be named said.

The rescue official said the third body was detected in the same rat-hole coal mine where the UROV found the first body of a miner on January 16 and the second body on January 26 after the miners were trapped inside the mine as water gushed in.

However, an official said that the present state of the body would disintegrate if any attempt of retrieval is made

“On inspection of the body by the ROV, it has been found that the body is highly decomposed. The flesh is tearing off when the ROV tries to grip it with the ROV,” he said.

Of the 15 trapped miners, the Navy could retrieve only one body of a coal miner from the flooded coal mine on January 23 identified as Amir Hussain of western Assam’s Chirang district.

Meanwhile, Coal India Limited, Kirloskar Brothers Limited and KSB teams are continuing to pump out water from the abandoned coal mine shafts.

 

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